Dodge’s latest police car is based on the popular Durango SUV.
Unveiled at the 2018 National Sheriffs’ Association Show in New Orleans, the Dodge Durango Pursuit joins the Dodge Charger Pursuit (currently the the top-selling police sedan in the U.S. market) in the company’s growing portfolio of law enforcement vehicles. Engineers primed it for chases with a new front fascia featuring integrated brake-cooling air ducts that improve brake performance and a new performance-tuned, load-leveling suspension.
There is a choice of either a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine rated at 293 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque or the 5.7L HEMI V-8 with 360 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system.
Other performance upgrades include a two-speed transfer case; larger, heavy-duty anti-lock brakes; the 13.8-inch front and 13-inch rear pursuit-rated brake package; front- and rear-stabilizer bars and 18-inch aluminum wheels.
The Durango Pursuit has a perfect 50:50 weight balance, thanks to the clever packaging of the powertrain components in the construction of the vehicle, while under-vehicle mount for the spare tire frees up room in the cargo area.
With 8.1 inches of ground clearance and 7,200 lbs towing capability, this police car should have little problem taking care of business on and off the beaten road. Moreover, a segment-leading wheelbase of 119.8 inches (3.04 meters) not only improves stability and handling, but it also ensures there’s enough room for passengers.
Watch it in action in the video below.
Chrysler Celebrates 35 Years Of The Minivan With Special Edition Pacifica, Caravan
It’s been over three decades, since the American automaker gave birth to the minivan segment.
Chrysler introduced the first minivan — Dodge Caravan / Plymouth Voyager — in 1984, and has sold more than 14.6 million minivans over the proceeding 35 years, twice as many as any other automaker. It chose to celebrate the milestone with 35th Anniversary Edition versions of the Chrysler Pacifica, Pacifica Hybrid and Dodge Grand Caravan.
All three feature an all-black interior with Cranberry Wine accent stitching and special 35th anniversary badging.
Available on the Touring L, Touring L Plus and Limited models, the Chrysler Pacifica 35th Anniversary Edition has Cranberry Wine accent stitching on its McKinley and Nappa leather perforated seats, steering wheel, door trim, instrument panel and door handles. Designers the 35th Anniversary logo has on the front floor mats.
Touring L trim models come standard with memory driver’s seat, eight-passenger seating, Mopar overhead DVD, 18-inch wheels. Going for the Touring L Plus adds a dual-pane sunroof and the Limited further adds 20-inch wheels.
The Hybrid Touring L comes equipped with the premium Audio Group with 13 Alpine speakers, Uconnect 4C Nav with 8.4-inch display and 17-inch wheels, while the Hybrid Limited tosses in 18-inch wheels.
Only the Grand Caravan SE and SXT models get the 35th Anniversary treatment, boasting 17-inch tech silver aluminum wheels, 35th Anniversary fender badge and a Bright grille.
Inside, they features Cranberry Wine accent stitching on the steering wheel, seats and door trim; a Piano Black console and IP accent; and a 35th Anniversary embroidered logo on the front floor mats.
The 35th Anniversary edition Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan go on sale in Summer 2019.
Dodge Makes Charger And Challenger Sublime
The company wants you to make your friends green with envy.
Dodge has brought back ‘Sublime’, an eye-catching shade of green first introduced in 1970 on a number of its models.
The heritage-laced color made a returned on a limited run of Charger R/T Daytonas in 2007, as well as for the Challenger’s 2015 model year. It will once again be offered on the Charger and Challenger starting in February 2019, specifically on the Charger Scat Pack, the Charter SRT Hellcat, the Challenger Widebody, and the Challenger T/A.
“By bringing back a high-impact color like Sublime across the 2019 Challenger and Charger lineups, we’re continuing to give our enthusiast customers another way to make their muscle cars even more unique when they showcase the legendary Dodge performance attitude,” said Steve Beahm, the head of passenger car brands for Dodge, Chrysler, and Fiat.
Don’t like the green but still want to stand out from the crowd? Fortunately, Dodge offers a wide selection of other special colors that should strike your fancy, including B5 Blue, Go Mango, F8 Green, Plum Crazy, and TorRed.
Next Dodge Challenger Will Be A Hybrid Muscle Car
Just don’t expect a supercharged V8 engine that cranks out over 700 horsepower.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Mike Manley has announced that the next-generation Dodge Challenger will be electrified.
The 717-horsepower Hellcat has been much the rage since its release, helping boost sales of the antiquated current-generation Challenger, but FCA believes going hybrid the next time around is the way to go.
“The reality is those platforms and that technology we used does need to move on. They can’t exist as you get into the middle-2020s,” Manley stated at the . “New technology is going to drive a load of weight out, so we can think of the powertrains in a different way. And we can use electrification to really supplement those vehicles.”
He also hinted that the next-generation Challenger will be a lot lighter than its predecessor, which should allow engineers to improve performance benchmarks with a smaller engine. Rather than a V8, a high-output twin-turbo V6 could very well be the top engine.
Some purists will likely be upset about the decision to go electric, but Manley promises electrification will be applied subtlely to muscle cars, improving performance as a primary selling point and improving fuel economy as a secondary bonus.
“I think that electrification will certainly be part of the formula that says what is American muscle in the future,” the executive added. “What it isn’t going to be is a V-8, supercharged, 700-horsepower engine.”
What do you think about the move towards electrifying muscle cars and the idea of a Dodge Challenger hybrid? How do you envision it? Share your thoughts in the comments below.